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Inside the Statehouse: Hot political summer in the city of Montgomery

By Steve Flowers, political analyst MONTGOMERY — It has been a long hot summer in Montgomery, and I do not mean at the Capitol or Statehouse, but in the City of Montgomery itself.   There is a heated and pivotal mayor’s race.  It has been considered a foregone conclusion that Montgomery will elect their first African American mayor this year.  It is probably about eight years later than expected.  Mont ...

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Alabama voters will be watching how new gas tax funds will be spent

By Paul DeMarco We are just now days away from the first installment of the ten cents a gallon gasoline tax the Alabama House of Representatives and Senate approved this past legislative session. This September 1st, gasoline will go up by six cents a gallon this year, two cents each of the next two years and then may go up by a penny every other year depending on the National Highway Construction Cost Index ...

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FAITH: Kids talk about God: What does the Bible mean when it says Jesus was full of grace and truth?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends "If you had a bad day and had a timeout, God would forgive you,” says Hayes, 6. Hayes, you’re thinking like me. You need a lot of grace for life’s truth timeouts. In Jesus, we see the perfect balance of grace and truth. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). ...

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FAITH: How to change churches successfully

By Michael J. Brooks I'll never forget the family I met at a neighboring church years ago while leading a Bible study. They were happy in their church, I thought, but several years later they presented themselves for membership in our church. The interesting thing is that there was another church in between, so ours was their third church in a short time. Church growth researchers report that people are cha ...

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Students Returning to the Classroom as Debate Starts Soon on Changes to the State Board of Education

By Paul DeMarco Now that students across the state are returning back to the classroom, it is a good time to think about an upcoming vote in Alabama that will happen in a little over six months. On the March 3, 2020, ballot along with the presidential primary, will be a Constitutional Amendment that will change the way Alabama administers the state education system. Voters will decide whether to change the ...

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Kids talk about God: How does Jesus give light to everyone?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends "Jesus gives light to everyone by letting you buy it from the grocery store,” says Omar, 5. The Apostle John had a different kind of light in mind when he referred to Jesus as “the true light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1:9). “Jesus came into the world to tell people the truth,” says Shelby, 10. “He was the light that took away those dark belie ...

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FAITH: Finding Strength to Forgive

By Joshua Winslett, Beulah Primitive Baptist Church Acting on the exhortation of Paul in 1 Corinthians 5:4-5, the Church at Corinth disciplined a member for unbecoming behavior. The erring brother seemingly repented between Paul writing 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians. The church, like any individual, struggled with the ability to forgive him. Thankfully, Paul gives us a reason to forgive. Paul wrote, “To w ...

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50th Anniversary Celebration of Boy Scout Troop 124 in Clay

By Mechell Malone The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others. - Baden Powell, Founder of Scouting CLAY — On Aug. 3, 2019, Troop 124 celebrated its 50th Anniversary at their charter organization Faith United Methodist Church of Clay.  There were nearly 100 people in attendance to mark this milestone.  50 years of making a difference in the lives of youth.  Troop 124 origin ...

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FAITH: Being Childlike But Not Childish

By Michael J. Brooks It’s interesting that scripture exhorts us both to be like children, and not to be like children. I was always puzzled as a kindergartner by the picture we had in the church sanctuary where we had weekly chapel. It portrayed Jesus saying, “Suffer the little children to come unto me” (Mark 10:14). I thought “suffer” meant pain, so I wasn’t sure what this was about. Of course the King Jam ...

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Congressman Martha Roby Retires as Alabama Prepares to Fight Looming Redistricting Battle

By Paul DeMarco, former state representative There is concern that after the 2020 census, Alabama may lose a Congressional seat. An early look at the state’s population shows slow growth as compared to other states which means bad news for the upcoming Congressional reapportionment. And we may have seen our first casualty this past week with the announcement that Congresswoman Martha Roby is leaving her sea ...

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